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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Elderly woman victim of Townsend home invasion

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  • New Castle County Police have arrested Johnny Redwood, 49, of Townsend, in connection with a home invasion that happened Saturday in the Fredrick Lodge Trailer Park near Townsend, about four miles north of Smyrna.
    Police said Redwood resides in the 200 block of Eaton Drive in Fredrick Lodge Trailer Park. The home invasion happened in the 400 block of Country Drive, also located in the development.
    Police responded Saturday at 3:25 a.m. to the scene of the home invasion. While officers were en route, county dispatchers advised police that the 81-year-old female victim had fled from her home, and headed to a neighbor's residence after an acquaintance that resides within the complex had forced his way into her residence and robbed her.
    When police arrived, Cpl. Harley Franks saw a man who matched the suspect's description, walking in the area of the entrance to the trailer park. Cpl. Franks immediately stopped the man, who was later identified as Johnny Redwood, and soon after positively identified as the suspect who broke into the residence and took cash from the elderly victim, police said.
    Redwood was found to be in possession of the cash that was taken from the victim.
    A short time later, the canine team of Cpl. Steven Donahue and his canine partner "Monty" arrived and conducted a track from the victim's home, which led to Redwood's residence.
    The investigation revealed the victim was awakened by a noise coming from an exterior door to the home. The woman responded to the door and was immediately confronted by a suspect who had his face concealed and was in possession of a hammer and a crowbar. At that time, Redwood allegedly demanded money from the victim, and the female complied and gave him an undisclosed amount of cash before he fled from the home.
    Police discovered Redwood stole the crowbar from the victim's shed, attempted to pry open a side door and after being unsuccessful, he broke the window to the door and entered the home. Police said the victim had recognized the man as an individual that she has seen frequently within the complex.
    Johnny Redwood is charged with robbery in the first degree, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, home invasion with intent to commit a violent felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and burglary in the third degree. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute after failing to post $42,000 secured bail.

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